Prof Dr Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, the President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), spoke on Tuesday night at an ICCA Edinburgh reception hosted by the Scottish Arbitration Centre. The next ICCA Congress, the largest international arbitration conference in the world, will be held in Edinburgh in May 2020.
The reception was aimed at raising awareness of the opportunities for local practitioners. It followed a Centre and 20 Essex Street Chambers joint energy law conference. Guests at the ICCA Edinburgh reception included Sir David Edward QC, Honorary President of the Centre; Lord Glennie; Lise Bosman, Executive Director of ICCA; Lindy Patterson QC, Chair of the Domestic Sub-Committee of the Centre’s Arbitral Appointments Committee and a member of the ICCA Edinburgh Programme Committee; Camilla Gambarini, Co-Chair of Young ICCA; and Richard Farndale; Chairman of CIArb Scottish Branch.
Prof Dr Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, ICCA President, said:
“The ICCA Congress is held every second year for the presentation and discussion of papers on cutting edge topics in international dispute resolution. The Congress attracts speakers and delegates from all over the world and makes a significant contribution to the development of dispute resolution, and to the practice of arbitration in the host jurisdiction.
The 2020 ICCA Congress in Edinburgh, entitled ‘Arbitration’s Age of Enlightenment’, will be a time to provide an objective assessment of international arbitration today, highlighting the progress that has been made, identifying areas where improvement is still needed and exchanging ideas with a wide variety of stakeholders about arbitration’s future.
We are grateful to the Scottish Arbitration Centre, the host for ICCA 2020, for its work to date. The role of the host is crucial to a successful Congress and we are particularly keen for local practitioners, firms and institutions to be involved in ICCA Edinburgh.”
Brandon Malone, ICCA Edinburgh Congress Chair and Chairman of the Board of the Scottish Arbitration Centre, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Gabrielle and representatives from the ICCA Bureau to Edinburgh in order to introduce them to some local practitioners. It is very important that we in Scotland maximise the benefits of the ICCA Congress coming to Edinburgh in 2020. It offers Scotland a unique opportunity to promote (a) Scotland as a seat and venue to arbitrate; (b) the Scottish arbitration and legal system; (c) Scottish arbitrators; and (d) Scottish legal and other professionals. We must all work together to maximise this opportunity and secure a lasting benefit for Scotland.”